How to Become a Working Artist

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Today and yesterday I have been watching Lisa Congdon (yay!) present a live class on how to become a working artist. It’s been quite fantastic and I’ve learned so much.

The bulk of the class comes from Lisa’s latest book, Art Inc. That being said, the live course has offered so much more as questions have come in from the studio audience as well as questions from folks watching on the internet.

InstagramCapture_c7dc4002-3dbb-4dcb-a8f1-7f95e65ac439Lisa has just asked, “What will you be doing different tomorrow?” This is a great question because I’m feeling so enthused and excited.

I’ll definitely be using more social media (more blog posts, more Twitter, more Instagram). I’ll think about Pinterest, my past experience haven’t been great so we’ll see… More importantly though, is creating more art that I can put in my long-forgotten Etsy shop. And to try not to forget the fine art aspect of my work.

I need to create more “habits” around this, just like I’ve developed my habit of sketching everyday.  I need to take my vision map and make it “actionable”.

You can still watch the class by purchasing it at www.creativelive.com

A vintage rabbit

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Finished stitching this little guy this morning. His legs are movable and he has the fluffiest tail.I love the work of Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps.  It was her book, The Artful Bird that was a big influence on my bird making efforts. This week on her blog she featured a vintage pattern pamphlet with the most adorable animals. Since it is so old, it is now public domain so Abby made it available in PDF form. I downloaded it right away.

The pattern includes the bunny, a kangaroo and little roo, an elephant, a horse, a too adorable penguin, a pig wearing an apron and two dolls, a little boy and a little girl. The instructions are for machine sewing the toys, but I prefer hand stitching so I just cut the pattern to size (no seam allowance) and stitched away.

If you are interested in trying your hand at making these too cute toys, you can find the pattern here. I think the penguin is next on my list!

Plush You!

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Yes, once again I’ve been selected to participate in Plush You! the international, juried show of plush.  I’ve packaged up my pieces and popped them in the mail to Schmancy in Seattle.  Here they are!

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I’m really pleased with all three pieces. My only disappointment is not being able to be in Seattle for the show. It is always lots of fun and Kristen organizes pre- and post-party get togethers for the artists.

More stitching

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My daughter chose Latin as her language  in high school and loves it. In fact, I rarely hear anyone who regrets having studied Latin. My daughter’s favorite thing is when she makes puns, or finds funny phrases (or reads all of the graffiti that they found in Pompeii). We’ve decided that this phrase* is now our family motto.

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* always wear underwear

A Commission Finished

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It is always so flattering to be asked by someone to create a piece. This commission was especially fun because I love Dorothy Parker and I love stitching these little sayings.  I plowed through it with Netflix’s “The Killing” playing in the background.  The best part though is that the piece is for another artist so we did a trade!

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If you are interested in a commission please let me know, I’m always interested. And if you are another artist, perhaps we can trade pieces!

Sketching

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I’m still working in my little sketchbook everyday, following along with the Year of Creative Habits. I’m not as diligent as I’d like to be but my excuse, and I do have one, is that we are still getting settled in our new home. One of the fun things about unpacking boxes are the treasures that you find. I have found a few of my old sketchbooks. What I love is that when I first started printmaking my sketches were really detailed, with notes telling me which sketch belonged to which layer, the techniques to be used and so on. I’ve not worked like that for awhile and it makes me feel like I’ve lost something.  I need to get it back.